Childcare sustainability support

Where the loss of existing childcare places is likely to create a childcare sufficiency gap, sustainability funding may be available as one element of a support package.

The Childcare Sustainability Grant may be used by childcare providers in York for:

  • Short-term financial support to help sustain established groups/organisations offering good quality childcare in York when their current viability is threatened due to adverse circumstances

The Government have also announced the availability of business grants to potential childminders and childcare businesses who are planning to set up to bring additional capacity and flexibility to the market for 30 Hours. Full details and can be found on the Department for Education website.

Who can apply for the Childcare Sustainability Grant?

The following Ofsted-registered childcare providers from the private, voluntary and independent (PVI) sector can apply for the Childcare Sustainability Grant:

  • Full day care providers
  • Sessional day care providers
  • Childminders
  • Out of school clubs

Please note that schools are not eligible to apply for the Childcare Sustainability Grant. They can seek advice on childcare sustainability from the School Business Support Team at City of York Council, on (01904) 554231.

All childcare providers must ensure that all available options are considered and actioned before applying for the Childcare Sustainability Grant, such as:

  • Recent and sound business plan, which includes
  • targeted campaigns to increase take-up of provision;
  • maintaining an optimum level of pricing;
  • improving efficiencies;
  • fundraising;
  • and supporting parents/carers to subsidise childcare costs by exploring other funding streams. 

Who to contact for support on sustainability:

Childcare providers can contact Craig Waugh, Childcare Business Adviser on (01904) 551006 or Jessica Turner, Childcare Business Assistant on (01904) 554380 to discuss their sustainability in general. Business sensitive information will be treated as confidential.

How much can groups apply for?

Awards made under the Childcare Sustainability Grant will usually be between £500 and £2000; however, smaller/larger grants will be considered. Childcare providers can get information on applying for significantly higher grants from the Childcare Business Adviser 01904 551006 or email

Assessment of Applications:

The Sustainability Panel recently merged with the TOPS (Targeted Operational Play Support) Group to become the CAPSS (Childcare and Play Sustainability Support) Panel.  The meetings continue to take place on a half termly basis to consider applications.  The panel consists of:

  • Community Leisure Officer – Children & Young People  (Chair of panel)
  • Childcare Sufficiency Manager, Childcare Strategy Service
  • A representative from the Family Information Service
  • Childcare Business Adviser, Childcare Strategy Service
  • Childcare Business Assistant, Childcare Strategy Service
  • Out of School Support Adviser, Childcare Strategy Service
  • Early Years Support Adviser, Early Years, Learning & Welfare

Assessment Deadlines:

Applications are assessed by the panel upon receipt.



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